Arts Education

We’re sparking the imaginations of more than 17,000 youth each year, engaging students through SPECTRA and Mariposa Arts, and rallying support through the Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education.


Bringing the arts to classrooms across the county, SPECTRA supports schools through SPECTRA Matching Grants, Artist Teacher Partnerships and the Teaching Artist Directory.

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Mariposa Arts

Youth learn to express themselves, problem-solve, innovate, think critically, and positively affect their communities through Mariposa Arts. In after-school arts, music, and drama programs, high school students become leaders, mentors, and role models as they co-teach with Teaching Artists in local elementary and middle schools.

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We’re inspiring support for arts education county-wide.  The Alliance, created in partnership with the California Alliance of Arts Education, is a network of community members, educators, businesses, and parents that advocate for arts education for all students in every school in Santa Cruz County.

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Learn more. Get involved.  Sarah Brothers, Arts Education Manager: 831.475.9600 x18  //